inspirations

inspirations, kaleidoscope, vlog

Vlogging

Like Yogging.

(Anchorman anyone?)

I started a vlog. We'll see how it goes. I don't know how people talk at a computer screen on a regular basis. I felt extremely awkward. So please feel free to laugh. I won't be offended.
Here's the first one!

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inspirations, writing updates

Let me riddle you a ditty

So I've been working on this little ditty. I've been dying to and nervous beyond belief to talk about it. Some of you may have discovered it in my WIP(work-in-progress) tab. I started writing it when I was going through a bit of a rough patch and Sawyer stepped in. She's crawled onto my heart and has sat there waiting for her story to finish. I try to sit down and finish writing Ember every night, but before the end of the night Sawyer knocks on my brain like...Umm...I'm still here. You can finish my story anytime now. And Dean's like...Enough of this faery business. Our story needs to be told. (It's okay that you don't know who Dean is yet. You will. And you will love him.) Now you might find me crazy and that's because I am. I think all writers have to be a little bit crazy. No offense writers.
Writing this story has been agony and heartbreak and sweat and tears. Lots of tears. Literally. I cry a lot while writing it. But I have to finish it. And just as Dean says, I can't leave Sawyer broken. I have to see Sawyer survive. I have to see her put back together. That's exactly how I feel. So I'm not going to make any promises on when books will come out because I have to be true to myself and what inspirations I receive. I'll try to set timelines, but when a story comes together it can't be put on the back burner. I do promise, however, to get Ember to you first, but this will follow shortly after.(before the third installment in the Faylinn series)

Just a couple reminders. When I get to 30 reviews on Amazon I still plan on giving away a $25 Amazon giftcard...SO if you have finished Kaleidoscope and haven't written a review yet do me a favor because you love me and head over and write a review. Then comment here or on my FB telling me you did and I'll add you to my list of names added to the giveaway!
Also if you haven't voted in the poll yet Kai is sweeping the contest, but if you want a scene in Declan's perspective or Cameron's I suggest voting! It's in the sidebar..scrolls just a bit...you'll see it.

inspirations

My love for pinterest lives on...and on...and on...

I love pinterest. I don't know about you, but I could stay on it literally all day if  I didn't have a full time job that requires me to work from the butt crack of dawn(okay. really it just feels like that. not literally.) until dusk and some times longer. But I do...I love it. Pinterest that is. So I have boards on pinterest with inspiration for my writing. Yes. Is that weird? Well I do. So if you want in my head for a little taste of my world in the Faylinn series here it is.  Oh and if you want a feel for my contemporary romance I have a board for that too. Right here.

By the way...

23 DAYS!

booksilove, inspirations

the fine line

i became OBSESSED with reading about 5 years ago. i'm never not reading a book. you can ask my husband...he hates it. it took me a few months to learn what i loved to read, which turns out i love young adult fiction. anything with a good love story and i'm hooked. i read A LOT of fluff books. a lot a lot a lot. which is fine. i like fluff. if i wanted depressing i'd watch the news. but last year i discovered melina marchetta.

after reading a couple hundred books i've learned there's a fine line between reading novels that either leave a devastatingly bad taste in your mouth or leave you devastatingly moved. some writer's can do it, some wish they could and some just simply shouldn't try.

if you read only one book i ever recommend, read melina marchetta's On the Jellicoe Road. i can't tell you what it's about. it's the kind of book you just have to experience. it's my favorite book that she's written. possibly my favorite book of all time. i can't even tell you why. once you finish the last page it's the kind of book that you close and just sit there.

last night i finished my third book by melina marchetta and the fourth is on my couch armrest waiting to be devoured. i wish i could find words to describe the way her books affect me. this woman writes the most real and touching relationships-family, friend and love. her stories are heartbreaking and yet give you hope. they have the ability to change you. every word is perfectly used to "show not tell" the characters stories. her books are definitely not fluff. expect them to make you cry and leave an ache in your heart for days. but also expect them to make you feel alive and leave you devastatingly moved.

inspirations, kaleidoscope

faeries get a bad rep

when i tell people that i like to write our conversation tends to go something like this:

individual: "you write? what do you write?"
me: "i like to write young adult books."
individual: "oh really? are you writing anything right now?"
me: "yeah...a fantasy novel."
individual: "is it about vampires and werewolves?"
me: i hesitate. "umm...no. actually it's about faeries."
individual: *head nod and silence* or "that's cool..." (awkward pause)
me: "yeah..."

if you have told me five years ago(not even five....two or three years ago) that i would be writing a series about faeries i probably would have looked at you and laughed. which is slightly ironic because i've been fascinated with faeries since i was little. i even had a pair of tinkerbell pajamas and a t-shirt from disneyland that my mom bought me. nevertheless, i was a skeptic on more recent faery YA books. most people i know don't jump at the thought of reading about faeries. and every faery book that i've read has depicted faeries differently than i see them. so about a year ago when i finished reading a fae series that i wasn't too fond of, i was determined to write about my faeries. i knew i had to write about the way my mind pictured them.

we can actually thank my mother for their creation. see...she's from finland. she grew up going to this cabin deep in the woods of helsinki every summer near a lake. finland is COVERED in lakes. so my mom loves flower and trees and all things nature. when i was little she would draw this little picture of woodland creatures and toadstool mushrooms and trolls. so when i think of faeries i don't think of tiny pixies in tulle dresses sprinkling fairy-dust about. my faeries are full-grown. they don't wear frilly dress(think more hippy/bohemian chic). they don't fly--they leap. and my fae men DO. NOT. have wings. i wanted to let them keep a portion of their masculinity.

so don't pre-judge. you just might be pleasantly surprised.